Explanations: No. 14656 – Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wed, Dec 21, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
8 It’s hard to believe there’s tea for the audience, everyone reportedly, tea and beer (4,4)
T-ALL T-ALE
There’s “tea” for the audience (T) everyone (ALL) reportedly “tea” (T) and “beer” (ALE) = TALL TALE: it’s hard to believe.
9 Go back around the barrister on form (6)
O(BL-ON)G
“Go” back (O-G) around “‘the barrister’ ‘on’“ (BL-ON) = OBLONG: form.
10 The red horse brought back the bird (6)
GANDER
The red horse (RED NAG) brought back = GANDER: the bird.
11 Minor T-range adjustment (8)
TEE-NAGER
T (TEE) “range” adjustment (NAGER) = TEENAGER: minor.
12 He, a French king, takes a century to become so brave (6)
HE-ROI-C
He (HE) a French “king” (ROI) takes “a century” (C) to become = HEROIC: so brave.
13 He watches that lav just before Kildare, with Ronald (6-2)
LOO-KE-R-ON
That “lav”(LOO) just before “Kildare” (KE) with “Ronald” (RON) = LOOKER-ON: he watches.
15 Understood Kay used the opposite (4)
K-NEW
Kay (K) “used”, just the opposite (NEW) = KNEW: understood.
17 Those in the mob get Mother back, if the circle says ‘yes’, in Italy (7)
MA-FI-O-SI
Mother (MA) back “if” (FI) the circle (O) “says yes” in Italy (SI) get = MAFIOSI: those in the mob.
19 In ‘Alien’, the private investigator with the nickname (7)
E(PI-THE)T
In “Alien” (E-T) the private investigator, “PI” with “the” (PI-THE) = EPITHET: nickname.
22 An instance, as in letters seen after a date? (4)
C(AS)E
In “letters seen after a date” (C-E) as (AS) = CASE: an instance.
24 Trained to put half the choo-choo in the sleigh? (8)
S(CHOO)LED
To put in “the sleigh” (S-LED) half the “choo-choo” (CHOO) = SCHOOLED: trained.
27 Close to a rampaging bear in a US city (6)
N(EARB)Y
In “a US city” (N-Y) a rampaging “bear” (EARB) = NEARBY: close to.
29 Guess roughly, items consumed (8)
ESTIM-ATE
Roughly “items” (ESTIM) consumed (ATE) = ESTIMATE: guess.
30 The proposal he is in, it is here shortly (6)
‘T(HE’S)IS
In “it is” here shortly (‘T-IS) he is (HE’S) = THESIS: the proposal.
31 The one with the redesigned diode, I got to be part of that? (6)
I-ODIDE
The one (I) with the redesigned “diode” (ODIDE) = IODIDE: I (iodine) got to be part of that?
32 Chuck and Al, that hurts the house (8)
BUNG-A-LOW
Chuck (BUNG) and Al (AL) that hurts (OW) = BUNGALOW: the house.

Down
1 Take the artist inside, Catherine, there’s a sport (6)

KA(RA)TE
Take inside “Catherine” (KA-TE) the artist (RA) there’s = KARATE: a sport.
2 Pleased with 10-51 flowers (8)
GLAD-IO-LI
Pleased (GLAD) with “ten” (IO) -51 (LI) = GLADIOLI: flowers.
3 Pub shelving that’s used by soldiers (8)
BAR-RACKS
Pub (BAR) shelving (RACKS) = BARRACKS: that’s used by soldiers.
4 One often crawls to a representative part of the roof (7)
REP-TILE
To “a representative” (REP) part of the roof (TILE) = REPTILE: one often crawls.
5 Rob plays around, the Spanish cheer, all for the dance (6)
B(OLE)RO
“Rob” plays (B-RO) around “the Spanish cheer” (OLE) all for = BOLERO: the dance.
6 Alan’s expert around Strasbourg (6)
AL’S-ACE
Alan’s expert (AL’S ACE) = ALSACE: around Strasbourg.
7 A doctor in the dancing? Encore! Encore! (4,4)
ONCE (MO)RE
In “the dancing ‘encore’” (ONCE RE) a doctor (MO) = ONCE MORE: encore!
14 Oh-oh … sounds like one has an obligation (4)
OWES
Oh-oh (OHS) sounds like = OWES: one has an obligation.
16 Part of the precinct returned this kind (4)
NICE
Part of the “pr-ECIN-ct” (ECIN) returned this = NICE: kind.
18 One who came earlier with an engineered Escort (8)
AN-CESTOR
With “an” (AN) engineered “escort” (CESTOR) = ANCESTOR: one who came earlier.
20 Sorry to write one at the big top, for example (8)
PEN-I-TENT
To write (PEN) one (I) at “the big top, for example” (TENT) = PENITENT: sorry.
21 A traditional page-turner bringing in more than is sent out? (5,3)
TRAD-E GAP
A traditional (TRAD) “page” turner? (E-GAP) = TRADE GAP: bringing in more than is sent out.
23 Perhaps ‘hurry, compare and buy’ and ‘fairly and squarely’ for example (7)
AD-VERBS
Perhaps “hurry, compare and buy”, verbs used in ads (AD VERBS) and = ADVERBS: fairly and squarely, for example.
25 Abraham left the aborigine to see the start (6)
ORIGIN
The aborigine (ab-ORIGIN-e) Abraham, ‘Abe’, left (-ABE) to see = ORIGIN: the start.
26 It might be Kenny or Edward sent back into that crazy king (6)
LEA(DE)R
Into “that crazy King” (LEA-R) Edward, ‘Ed’, sent back (DE) or = LEADER: it might be (Enda) Kenny.
28 Your brother takes 20 cwt for someone across the water (6)
BR-I-TON
Your brother (BR) takes “20 cwt” (I TON) for = BRITON: someone across the water.